eastern and western influence in architecture practice

October 9, 2013

Picture1Lori Brown in her writing “Introduction” discuss the interdisciplinary approaches to women

In architecture, where her goal is to raise awareness for those both within and outside the practice about ways feminist methodologies impact design and their relationship to the built environment. I her paper, she briefly portrays the interdisciplinary approaches undertaken by architects.

In this connection I like to present two architecture in Bangladesh, by two different architects from two different part of architecture realm.

A profound architect of Bangladesh Lalunnahar Ekram who is one of the designer of Dhaka Nagar Bhabon for Dhaka city Corporation is  situated in the junction point of old and new part of Dhaka city(capital of Bangladesh). The bare finished concrete structure gives a timeless character to the building and the design elements have showcase the blending of east and west architectural influence. By designing a monumental structure in the midpoint of Dhaka city she defined herself a role model for other architect practitioner.

Another architect is Aga khan wining architect Anna Heringer

Anna Heringer designed a two-storey primary school in rural Bangladesh. The joyous and elegant building has emerged from a deep understanding of local materials and a heart-felt connection to the local community. Its innovation lies in the adaptation of traditional methods and materials of construction to create light-filled celebratory spaces as well as informal spaces for children. Earthbound materials such as loam and straw are combined with lighter elements like bamboo sticks and nylon lashing to shape a built form that addresses sustainability in construction in an exemplary manner.  These are the explicit indigenous building material largely use in rural area in Bangladesh. This exceptional architecture awarded Aga khan award for architecture 10 th circle.

The final result of this heroic volunteer effort is a building that creates beautiful, meaningful and humane collective spaces for learning, so enriching the lives of the children it serves.” (Jury of the Aga khan award for architecture 10 th circle).

By designing a mud maid structure in a different textured zone to benefited rural children, Anna has showcased her architectural diversity and her philosophy towards architecture. Her vision is-“Architecture is a tool to improve lives. The vision behind, and motivation for my work is to explore and use architecture as a medium to strengthen cultural and individual confidence, to support local economies and to foster the ecological balance. Joyful living is a creative and active process and I am deeply interested in the sustainable development of our society and our built environment.”

I believe and poses that there is no boundaries in architecture practice –A feminist architecture or feminist architect can design or develop any kind of built environment in any part of the world by implying their own architectural vision to facilitate the society and this the altering practice of architecture.


“Introduction” Lori Brown, ed., Feminist Practice: Interdisciplinary approaches to women in architecture, London: Asgate, 2011.

(http://www.anna-heringer.com/index.php?id=51)philosophy )



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